From: lfreeman@phad.hsc.usc.edu (Leny Freeman)
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Subject: Re: Indoctrination [was My opinion...]
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Date: 21 Jul 91 17:09:58 GMT
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You bring up an interesting point. I didn't realize I had been brain washed by society until I got involved in Scientology.

>In the first case, the indoctrination was very subtle. When I was a >kid, if someone I saw all the time told me that something was true, I >would believe them. Especially when my parents didn't say anything to >contradict it. The Church does that to all of the kids it can get its >hands on, in mass, sunday school, retreats, youth groups, you name it.

In Scientology something is true for you if you observe it for yourself. That is one of the basic tenets. There are may be a few individuals in the church that don't quite adhere to that, but that problem with the individuals themselves and not the church.

>The second case was a little more complex, but it basically boiled >down to peer pressure. "You can believe what you want, but if you >don't believe waht we do, we're really concerned about you. Maybe we >should help you see where you've gone wrong?" Sure enough, they >could. Again, if I'm told something often enough by people I trust, I >tend to believe them.

Scientology is not a cult but if a member acts like a "cult member" it certainly gives that impression to an "outsider". I hate it when I see someone acting like that because it's not Scientology. Please try to understand that. BTW these people are few and far between and usually straighten out into people we can all relate to or..... they just leave.

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